16-31 OCTOBER 2002 NEWS
31 October 2002
- So tired...
- Episode 2 of Oh!
Super Milk-chan Milk no IT Kakumei
is now up. Source: infoanime.com.
- The second season of Tenshi
no Shippo will be titled Tenshi no
Shippo Chu! and will be broadcast on
Kids Station commencing 6 March 2003. Source: Moonphase.
- Previously the shoujo TV anime Wagamama
Family Mirumo de Pon! was only released
on VHS. However, now volumes 1 to 3 will be
released on DVD (each 98 minutes long) on 21
December 2002, price 3,800 yen (excluding tax)
each. Further, a special DVD set
for the three volumes will be released on the
same day, price 10,800 yen (excluding tax).
Market. It'll come with postcard(s) and 2003
calendar. Further, those who purchase all the
volumes will be able to apply for some bonus item
(I don't know what). I'm not sure whether you
need to buy the special DVD sets to qualify for
the bonus item, or whether it's possible to buy
the individual DVDs instead. CD
Japan lists the special set as a first
pressing limited edition item.
- On 16 November 2002, volume one of the shoujo
to M no Sekai will be published by
Kadokawa Shoten. This manga is by Saitou Chiho
and Be-PaPas (the combination that brought you
Utena). Highschool girl Maihime Sekai is on a
school trip to France. But there's a train
accident and Sekai and a mysterious bishonen are
sent back to the 17th century. Price 400 yen (excluding
tax). ISBN 4-04-924916-2-C9979. Source: Animate.
- Tired. Don't know if I'm going to post up more
29 October 2002
- This notice
on Broccoli's Panyo
Panyo DiGi Charat website states
that there's currently no plan to broadcast
episodes 41-48 of the series (episode 40 having
been broadcast back in September 2002). Instead,
the episodes will be included in volume 4 of the
DVD release. Further, as previously reported,
episodes 44 and 45 were included on the DVD which
came with the November 2002 issue of Newtype
magazine. Source: Ma-ten.
Net reports that the Yokohama District Court
today sentenced Shimabukuro Mitsutoshi
in relation to his trial on 16 October 2002 (see
my entry on that date). As I mentioned on that
day, the prosecution sought a two year prison
sentence. The Court imposed a two year
prison sentence (the courts often seem
to grant what the prosecution requests, it seems
to me ^_^;; ) but suspended the sentence for four
years. The presiding judge noted that
Shimabukuro, as a popular mangaka, could have a
large influence on young people. Source: Ma-ten.
reports that Konami has announced that pirated
copies of the Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters card game
have been confiscated in Taiwan. About 30,000
cards were seized from one company on 7 October
2002, another approximately 400,000 from another
company on 17 October 2002 and approximately 650,000
from a third company on 24 October 2002. Konami
had lodged complaints with Taiwanese prosecutors
claiming breaches of sections 62 and 63 of the
Trademarks Act in Taiwan. Yu-Gi-Oh is of course
the popular manga by Takahashi Kazuki, serialised
in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen
Jump manga magazine. The manga is also
popular in Taiwan, where it is serialised in
Weekly Top magazine. From now on, Konami will be
liaising with authorities in the Asia region in
an effort to deal with the problem of imitation
goods. Source: Aniota.
- An interesting Asahi.com
article about anime. Citing Animage magazine in
the article, it's reported that despite the
declining birthrate in Japan, there is now the greatest
amount of new TV anime ever, causing an "anime
bubble". There are increased anime
broadcasts from satellite. The station Animax has
over one million subscribers. Animax started out
broadcasting re-runs, but commenced broadcasting
new works last year as the number of subscribers
increased. Apart from terrestrial and satellite
broadcasts, now there are also internet broadband
broadcasts, such as that of Gundam Seed.
Animation is attracting attention because apart
from returns from the initial broadcast of the
anime, the overseas market is expanding (in part
due to the popularity of Pokemon in the US in the
second half of the 90s) and the license value of
anime abroad has increased. Some anime are
broadcast on a pay-per-view basis nowadays and
according to Sky Perfect TV, there are a large
number of anime under negotiation for broadcast
on a per-per-view basis. Further, there are sales
from related goods including DVDs etc. The number
of investors has therefore increased, attracted
to anime as a potential investment in the
depressed Japanese economy. Trading companies
such as Mitsubishi are also investing. One of
Mitsubishi's wholly owned subsidiaries has
interests in works such as Beyblade 2002, Yu-Gi-Oh,
Hamtaro and Hikaru no Go, which are popular not
only in Japan but also overseas. However, some
are concerned that the increased output may have
exceeded the industry's capacity, which may lead
to decreased quality. In April 2000 there were 20
new works. Now there are 34 works being broadcast.
28 October 2002
- Been watching more Macross. Shao Pai Lon is a
Market now lists the price of the Princess
Tutu DVDs at the higher price of 6,800
yen (excluding tax), that is, the same price as Animate
Yokohama. Length of each DVD is still stated
to be 105 minutes. On that point, I note that Mangaoh Club
states that volume 1 at least will contain five
- For the DVD release of Chojushin Gravion
there will be a first pressing limited edition
and regular edition of each volume. Regular
editions will cost 5,800 yen (excluding tax). Limited
editions will cost 7,800 yen and come
with two figures each. Each volume will
contain two episodes (55 minutes). However volume
6 will contain three episodes (83 minutes) and
will cost 6,800 yen (excluding tax) for the
regular edition, 8,800 yen (excluding tax) for
the limited edition:
Volume 1 to be released 24 January 2003 (limited
edition figures will be Runa and the left side G
Driller which she pilots, being the left arm of
the God Gravion)
Volume 2 to be released 21 February 2003 (limited
edition figures will be Touga and the Grankaizer
which he pilots, being the torso of the God
Volume 3 to be released 22 March 2003 (limited
edition figures will be Mizuki and the G Striker
which she pilots, being the left leg of the God
Volume 4 to be released 25 April 2003 (limited
edition figures will be Eiji and the G Attacker
which he pilots, being the right left of the God
Volume 5 to be released 24 May 2003 (limited
edition figures will be Eina and the right side G
Driller which she pilots, being the right arm of
the God Gravion)
Volume 6 to be released 25 June 2003 (limited
edition figures will be Riiru and the G Shadow
which she pilots, being the head and chest of the
- First pressing of volume 16 of the DVD
release of Shaman King will come with a box.
To be released 22 January 2003, price 4,500 yen (excluding
tax). Source: Music Market.
27 October 2002
- The November 2002 issue of Newtype
reports that the new Studio Fantasia TV
anime will deal with four shoujo space
pilots. Thus, I guess the katakana of the title (see
my 10 October 2002 entry) should be read as Stratos
- Oh!great will have a new manga serialised
in Kodansha's Weekly
Shonen Magazine commencing with the
no. 49 issue (on sale 6 November 2002). The first
instalment of "Air Gear",
a "new generation outlaw story", will
have some colour pages and be 70 pages in length.
I hope we'll see a return to his more
characteristic designs. His work on more recent
"Fights" of Tenjou Tenge have been too
generic, IMNSHO. Too bad I can't afford to get a
weekly magazine like that ;_; For a pic of the
announcement, see here.
I don't know how long the pic will be up, though.
- Well, since I questioned whether the news about Fujisawa
Touru having a new manga in
monthly Afternoon was true, it of course
has to be at least partly true... >_< The
website has updated with this page
indicating new manga which will be serialised in
the magazine over the next few months. Included
among them is Fujisawa Touru's "XXX",
to commence with the March 2003 issue (on sale in
January 2003). Not information is available to
present. I'm not sure whether the "XXX"
is the title, or whether it means the title has
yet to be determined/confirmed. Iwaaki Hotoshi
will also have new, separate manga to start in
the same issue. Source: ultimatum
- As you may notice on the same page, the January
2003 issue of Afternoon magazine (on
sale 25 November 2002) will come with a
Belldandy figure (pearl-white version)
by Kaiyodo. You'll find a larger picture on this
Fujishima 2003" page of the site. The
January issue will have a cover illustrated by
Fujishima as well. You'll also notice a colour
Belldandy figure. The February 2003 issue
will feature the full colour version of the
Belldandy figure. However, I'm not sure.
That version may have to be something that you
have to apply for, rather than being included
with each copy of the magazine. Source: ultimatum
- The Project Fujishima 2003 page also indicates
that the special edition of volume 25 of
the Oh! My Goddess manga will cost price
1,500 yen (excluding tax), not 2,000 yen as
previously reported. The desktop
accessory CD-ROM with contain a clock,
schedule, timer, calculator and 2003 desktop
calendar. For more details, see my 8 October 2002
entry (though note some details are now redundant).
26 October 2002
- Evangelion soapdishes available
for pre-order at Jungle SCS ^_^ Rei,
- I received my copy of the Kodansha bilingual
version of the Ghost in the Shell manga. A nice,
thick volume. As previously mentioned, it's
smaller than the Dark Horse trade paperback,
though. Nor does it come with the artwork of the
individual issues which Dark Horse added at the
back of its trade paperback. But all the colour
pages of the manga itself have been reproduced,
and as mentioned on Studio
Proteus' webpage, this version is uncensored.
Sound effects are just overlayed over the panels,
and although generally unobstrusive, the fonts
are pretty generic, whereas the touching up which
Studio Proteus did on its version is to be
preferred. Then again, this Kodansha version
actually has page numbers. I hated the fact that
the US version didn't have page numbers,
particularly since there were footnotes at the
end of the trade paperback which made reference
to non-existent page numbers >_<
- Also got my copy of the Animage Library DVD Book
of Hoshi no Koe (The voices of a distant star).
Have to say I'm a bit disappointed with this book.
I knew the DVD would be the bare bones, but the
encoding isn't as good as the original DVD. And
the colour scenes reproduced in the book are too
small to really be appreciated... The storyboards
are a bit small too, but I don't think too much
can be expected in that respect.
- Volume 22 of Kodansha's roughly-fortnightly
seinen manga magazine Young
Magazine Uppers (on sale 5 November 2002)
will include the 47 page start to Fujisawa
(GTO) Touru's new manga Rose Hip Rose.
It's about Asakami Kasumi, the "cute hip"
highschool girl (with a gun, of course), who's a
specialist at dealing with terrible crimes. Don't
know how likely that news of Fujisawa starting a
new manga in Afternoon is, then. Meanwhile,
volume 21 (published 15 October 2002) has a Shirow
Masamune "booklet poster",
basically an A3 sheet with four risque
illustrations by Shirow, one A3 in size, and on
the back, one A4 in size and two A5 in size.
- The manga R.O.D ~ Read Or Dream ~ seems to have a
different feel to the original R.O.D manga. As
previously mentioned, it deals with the three
Paper Sisters and their detective agency. No
Yomiko, Joker, Gentleman, Wendy, Drake, Nancy or
British Library - instead there are Michelle,
Maggie and Anita. Ayanaga Ran's simpler, cuter
designs and artwork are in contrast to Yamada
Shutaro's more detailed linework. Storyline for
the first chapter was pretty simple too. However,
this first chapter does seem like just an
introduction to the manga. Wonder how the rest
will turn out...?
- Tenjou Tenge just keeps getting weirder, more
- On 20 September 2002, I set out the basic release
details for the Happy
World! OVA trilogy. Now it looks
like a limited edition version
of volume 1 will be released. The DVD
Angel Christmas Box will cost 7,800
yen (excluding tax), 5,000 yen more than the 2,800
yen (excluding tax) for the regular edition of
volume 1. However, it'll come with CD-ROM
including a how-to-draw El/Eru section by mangaka
Takeshita, art gallery, character data,
wallpapers, angel fortune telling, design works,
storyboards, soundfiles and more. Also included
will be a Christmas card from El/Eru, a cute doll
of El/Eru and an angel feather (to bring
happiness?). And of course there'll be a box to
hold all three volumes of the OVA and the CD-ROM.
Pre-order cut-off date is 22 November 2002.
Source: November 2002 issues of Ultrajump
- You'll notice the source of a lot of stuff I post
today is from the current issue of Newtype. Given
the value of the Australian dollar and the cost
of shipping, I usually end up get any anime/manga
magazine two to three months late. This time, I
happened to get a copy in a timely fashion \^_^/
Note that I'm talking of the Japanese Newtype.
I'm yet to get a copy of Newtype USA... Of
course, I don't really mind getting stuff late -
less news to type up ^_^ Then again, it also
means I can't tell if the stuff I'm typing isn't
really news ^_^;;
- I'm presently working my way through watching
Super Dimensional Fortress-1 Macross. First time
I've ever seen the TV series (though I watched
the movie dubbed a few years back). I never
bothered to watch the anime before, because the
giant transforming robots turned me off. I'm
happy to see that the Valkyrie fighters only play
a minor role in the story though (at least up to
where I've watched...) Actually, many years ago,
before I'd heard of Macross, my parents bought me
a die-cast metal/plastic Valkyrie fighter which
transforms into Battroid and Gerwalk modes. Just
hauled it out of the closet now and shook off the
dust and sand etc. It's a 1/55 scale Skull
Squadron Valkyrie VF-1S fighter (26cm long in jet
fighter mode), with rifle that shoots little
bullets and booster accessories that snap onto
the mecha. No price on the box. Wonder if it's
worth anything now...?
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
will be released in 13 volumes, two episodes per
volume. As previously advised, the first pressing
of volume 1 will come with a box to hold the
first five volumes. First pressing of
volume 6 will also come with a box, as will first
pressing of volume 10. Source: November
2002 issue of Newtype.
- Oh yeah, I just realised, I might be going to
Japan at the end of this year/beginning of next
year. That means I can pick up a copy of the From
I''s OVA myself ^_^
- The first series of 12 Kokuki,
"Tsuki no Kage, Kage no Umi" will be
released over five DVD volumes. I guess that
means, a 2, 2, 3, 3, 3 episode release. Source:
November 2002 issue of Newtype.
- Three live action movies by Oshii Mamoru
will be released by Bandai Visual as a box set on
25 February 2003. Included will be three DVDs for
the two movies from the "Kerberos Saga",
Kurenaii Megane (Crimson Glasses)
and Kerberos ~ Jigoku no Banken
(Kerberos ~ Watchdogs of Hell), and the separate
movie Talking Head. Also
included will be a special DVD, special CD and
booklet. Price 20,000 yen. Around the same time,
a new manga with story by Oshii
will also be published. Source: November 2002
issue of Newtype.
- Those who purchase all volumes of X the
TV series will be able to apply for a
set of 18 special trading cards
illustrated by CLAMP. Source: November 2002 issue
- Further, those who purchase all volumes
of Full Metal Panic! will be able to
apply for a Ponta-kun stuffed toy. Source:
November 2002 issue of Newtype.
- I note that the final volume 4 of the manga Anne
Freaks by Kotegawa
Yua will be published by Kadokawa on 1
November 2002, price 540 (excluding tax). I only
read up to about chapter 11 of this manga about
Anna, Yuri and Mitsuba, each with a troubled past.
Should track down the remaining volumes someday.
Source: November 2002 issue of Newtype.
- The DVD included with the December 2002
issue of Newtype will be a Cyborg 009 special,
including episode 4 of the anime, a promo clip,
commercial for the series and staff interviews.
Also included will be a commercial for the TV
anime Asobotto Zenki Gokuu currently on air and
trailers for DVDs for Genma Taisen, Meikyu
Monogatari, Shonen Kenya and Discovery Channel.
Source: November 2002 issue of Newtype.
- Note also that those who purchase the
October 2002 through to January 2003 issues of
Newtype will be able to apply for a special DVD.
You'll need to collect the coupons from the
October to December issues (the ones which came
with a DVD) and stick them on the application
form in the January 2003 issue. Source: November
2002 issue of Newtype.
- Taking things easy today, so I've got time to
type up this crap ^_^;;
25 October 2002
- That's enough for now. I think I'll watch some
- TV Tokyo's website for the TV anime Platonic
Chain is now
up. Source: Moonphase.
Doesn't appear to be much to see for now, though.
- The other official website for Asagiri no
has been updated. Click on the sign on the right
for high-speed connections, click on the left
hand one for slower internet connections. Source:
Otherwise other Asagiri no Miko sites are Starchild's
- (Updated) The Toei Animation site for the TV
anime series Tsuri-baka
Nisshi (The Diary of a Fishing Fool)
has updated with more information. Source: Ma-ten.
The anime commences broadcast on 2 November 2002.
A trailer can be viewed on this
page of the site.
III Castle of Cagliostro diorama/chessboard.
Only 39,800 yen (excluding tax). Source: Aniota.
- The release date for the DTS version of
Akira has been put back from 22 November
2002 to 21 December 2002. Source: Aniota.
Corporation gives a release schedule for the
upcoming Space Pirate Captain Harlock
series The Endless Odyssey. It'll be 13
volumes, and starting with volume 1 on 21
December 2002, one volume will be released on the
21st of each succeeding month (except volume 2
will be released on 22 January 2003). For volume
1 at least, picture will be standard size 4:3
aspect ratio, stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1ch
soundtracks will be included, length 27 minutes,
and the disc will be a picture disc. Looks like
full storyboards will be included on the disc as
well, using the multi-angle feature, so that the
viewer will be able to switch between the anime
or the storyboards while listening to the
soundtrack. The series had been planned to be
broadcast on Skyperfect TV, but since the
cancellation of the broadcast due to the
controversial images and the subsequent
correction of those scenes to the approval of
Matsumoto Leiji, the broadcast will not be going
ahead. Instead, the series will be released as an
OVA. Volume 1 of the DVD will be released on 21
December 2002, catalogue number VPBY-11581, price
4,800 (excluding tax). The CD OST will be
released on the same day, catalogue number VPCG-84766,
price 3,000 yen (including tax). Those
who purchase both volume 1 and OST will be able
to apply for an original choker. And those who
purchase all 13 volumes of the DVD will be able
to apply for an original diver's watch.
I note that the Flash intro on the official
website has updated with a bit more detail (but
not much more).
- Katsu Aki's manga Futari Ecchi is serialised in
Hakusensha's monthly seinen manga magazine Young
Animal. The love comedy manga tells the story of
the marriage/sexual experiences of a virginal
newlywed couple. Now, the December
2002 issue of Hakusensha's manga magazine Silky
for young women (on sale 2 November 2002) will
have Katsu's manga Futari Ecchi for
Ladies. A reader's experiences' column
will be established, where "your marriage
and ecchi problems will be answered!" Source:
and Kadokawa's Monthly
Shonen Ace-A magazine have announced
that the December 2002 issue of the magazine (on
sale tomorrow) will come with a bonus 100
page Sadamoto Yoshiyuki book "Osadahon"
(a play on the kanji for Sadamoto). The book will
include chapter one of Sadamoto's manga version
of Shin Seiki Evangelion as well as his Kotou no
Oni manga (originally published in the February
and March 1994 issues of Newtype and later
republished in the collector's edition of Der
Mond). Also included will be a long interview,
essay manga, work data etc. Source: ultimatum
- A post
on 2ch states that the February 2003 issue of
Kodansha's monthly manga magazine Afternoon
(on sale in December 2002) will see the
commencement of a manga by
Iwaaki Hitoshi and Fujisawa (GTO) Touru.
Not sure whether that means two new manga or the
two mangaka working on the one manga... ^_^;;
Further, two issues later (I think) a Belldandy
figure by Kaiyodo will
be included with the magazine. Source: ultimatum
half edition. Then again, it's a post on 2ch,
so who knows how reliable the information is...
- The third in GAiNAX's Print Soft
CD-ROM series, Abenobashi
Mahou Shotengai, FLCL and Fushigi no Umi no Nadia,
will be released on 20 December 2002, price 4,800
yen (excluding tax). The CD-ROM will contain over
100 pics from the three series that you can print
onto cards, postcards, letter paper, labels etc.
Club and GAiNAX.
- Pepsi's Gundam Bottle Cap campaign
website is up. For two weeks (or until stocks
run out) one litre bottles of Pepsi and Diet
Pepsi sold at Seven Eleven stores across Japan
will have the Gundam bottle caps. Source: Ma-ten.
reports in English about four boys in Japan who
took role-playing too seriously.
- I note some of the copyright notices on the
Japanese DVDs now refer to no distribution on the
- Bandai's website for the DVD release of Crayon
Shin-chan is now
- Free Flash
web games from Sega. Source: Tentative
23 October 2002 (final update for the day)
- This final update for the day is a bit later than
recently. I received a package from Japan, so
I've been looking through that rather than
collecting news ^_^
reports that Konami will release an
adventure game based on the anime Wagamama Fairy
Mirumo de Pon! on 19 December 2002 for
the Game Boy Advance. Price 4,800 yen. Source: Ma-ten.
- Pioneer's website for the currently airing PuchiPuri
Yushii TV anime is now
up. Source: Moonphase.
- The Graphic-sha
Publishing Company Ltd is releasing a series
of "Manga Artist File" artbooks.
Despite the name, the series will deal with not
only manga but also anime and game illustrators.
First up in the series are the "Koh
Kawarajima Portfolio" and the "Gensho
Sugiyama Portfolio". Kawarajima
was formerly a student of Urushihara Satoshi, and
his style is very similar. Sugiyama
appears to work on games etc. Each A4 size book
is approximately 80 pages (64 in colour), costs 1,800
yen (excluding tax) and contains illustrations
selected by the artist (together with rough
drawings and line drawings), a guide to the
artist's technique and the artist's comments.
ISBN for the Kawarajima book is 4-7661-1358-6 C2379.
ISBN for the Sugiyama book is 4-7661-1359-4 C2379.
- Sorry, I typed up some of this yesterday but
didn't get around to updating the page until
- Okay, last reminder about the second seasons of Rizelmain
and Koutetsu Tenshi Kurumi Pure
being available for streaming download at m.o.e's
website. Episode 15 of both series are now up
until 25 October 2002. The two episodes 16 will
be up on 30 October 2002.
- I note on the CD
Japan site that an album by the
pillows compiling their B-sides will be
released today. the pillows of course wrote the
music which was used in GAiNAX's FLCL.
- The Princess Tutu website has announced
a new chapter "Hiyoko no Shou" (Chick
Chapter) in the story is to start broadcast on 15
November 2002 after the 13 episode "Tamago
no Shou" (Egg Chapter). Source: Moonphase.
- A new album by See
Saw, music by Kajiura Yuki, will be
released in February 2003 from Victor
Entertainment. Source: Magicalantique.
- On a related note, JVC's webpage for Gundam
Seed is also up
now. Source: Moonphase.
- The official Sakura Taisen (Sakura Wars) website
also has a page
up for the OVA Kanzaki Sumire Intai
Kinen (Retirement Commemoration)
"Su-mi-re". Source: Moonphase.
- The hentai title Bible Black
seems to have some popularity. It's been
announced on the Milky
anime BBS that volume 5 will be released on
25 December 2002. Source: Moonphase.
21 October 2002
- The Saint Seiya Hades Chapter OVA
official website has updated with a commercial to
download on the homepage.
However, you're supposed to register first before
viewing the clip (registration is free: just
enter your name, email address, approximate age,
gender and location). Source: Moonphase.
- A preview for Mahou
Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~ Someday's Dreamers
(to commence broadcast in January 2003) is now up
for download. Just visit the Download page.
- More release details for Princess
Volume 2 - to be released 22 January 2003, price
7,140 yen (including tax), first pressing will
come with BGM CD and 16 page booket
Volume 3 - to be released 26 February 2003, price
7,140 yen (including tax), first pressing will
come with BGM CD and 16 page booklet
Volume 4 - to be released 23 April 2003, price 7,140
yen (including tax)
Volume 5 - to be released 21 May 2003, price 7,140
yen (including tax)
Volume 6 - to be released 25 June 2003, price 7,140
yen (including tax)
Yokohama. On 14 October 2002, I reported that
Music Market listed volume as being released on
25 December 2002, price 5,250 (including tax),
first pressing to come with BGM CD. However,
Animate Yokohama lists this first volume as
priced at 7,140 yen as well...
details for volume 1 of Heat Guy J:
To be released on 25 January 2003
Catalogue number BCBA-1462
Price 5,000 yen (excluding tax)
Anamorphic letterboxed, Dolby Digital stereo,
single layer, 50 minutes (2 episodes)
First pressing will come with box illustrated by
Yuki Nobuteru to hold volumes 1 to 5.
- Two reports by Nifty Animation Online here
state that the upcoming Hand
Maid Mai OVA series will utilise the
DVD's multi-angle capabilities on certain scenes.
- Following on from 19 October's news about the new
manga from Katsura Masakazu, the mangaka
has posted to the BBS of the authorised fan site Katsura
Masakazu Doumei that the manga will
be Zetman. Source: ultimatum
half edition. Further, Katsura has also
posted that a DVD box for the 1984 anime
Wingman will be released in March 2003.
- Broccoli is releasing two limited edition
artbooks at the end of the year:
DiGi Charat Gashuu "Chocola 2002"
by Koge Donbo
To be published 4 December 2002
Price 5,000 yen (excluding tax)
120 pages with 36 A3 size illustrations included
Limited edition of 7,000 copies
Kanan Gashuu "Kanan"
by Kanan ^_^
To be published 4 December 2002
Price 3,500 yen (excluding tax)
A3 size, two volumes in a box with designs and
illustrations for Galaxy Angel and illustrations
and rough artwork for Aquarian Age
Limited edition of 7,000 copies
19 October 2002 (final update for the day)
- The Yomiuri
Online reports that, next year, Nagoya is
hoping to commence construction an enviromental
housing development designed by famous artist
Arakawa Shusaku with advice from anime director
Miyazaki Hayao. The development will
have environmentally-friendly features such as
use of solar energy and recycling of rubbish. An
initial design for the development can be see on
the link above. Source: Aniota.
Net reports that Tezuka Osamu's Black
Jack character is being used to market a
weather/health information service
for users of mobile telephones. Commencing 21
October 2002 and using Black Jack as a guide, the
Electric Power Company group will provide
news of the weather as well as advise of
illnesses the user should beware of, taking into
account the weather and the user's own health. It
is hoped that there will be 100,000 registered
users within a year. The "Black Jack no
Otenki Doctor" service is being provided on
NTT DoCoMo's i-Mode. Source: Aniota.
- The Tenchi Muyo! official
website has some original plans (presumably from
back in September 2000) for the third OVA
series up on this
page. Click on the images for enlargements. I
only had a brief look, but it seemed more a
summary of the Tenchi Muyo series rather than
much information about the new series itself. One
page does mention that it's planned to be six 30
minute episodes. Sorry, I don't keep up with
things Tenchi Muyo, so I don't know if that's
news. Source: Moonphase.
- Nippon Animation has announced
that the release of the Rascal movie,
originally scheduled for release in the (northern)
summer of 2003, has been delayed.
For more information, see my 21 July 2002 entry.
- The February 2003 issue of Akita Shoten's monthly
manga magazine Champion
Red (on sale 19 December 2002) will see the
start of the manga Saint Seiya Episode G
(tentative title). Prior to that, the January
2003 issue (on sale November 2002) will contain
information by Kurumada Masami about Episode G, a
special poster and information about the Hades
Hen OVA series. Further, this month's issue (on
sale today) contains a poster by Kurumada. Source:
- Shueisha's now got its own page
up for volume 9 of Tenjou Tenge
with similar pics of the Natsume Maya figure.
Again, click on the pics for enlargements. The
regular edition of volume 9 will go on sale the
same day (11 December 2002) and cost 505 yen
- The November 2002 issue of Ultrajump
is out today, including chapter one of R.O.D
~ Read Or Dream ~. The three sisters
run a detective agency and are approached by
Kelly(?) to recover a book which had been
borrowed from a friend but then stolen. With the
help of second-hand bookseller Chai, the sisters
recover the book. But what was the book's
contents...? Hopefully I'll get my issue the
middle of next week \^_^/
- It's been announced in this week's issue of
Shueisha's weekly manga magazine Young Jump
that a new Katsura Masakazu manga
will commence serialisation in the no. 48 issue (on
sale 31 October 2002). I haven't seen the
announcement myself, but apparently there's the
silhouette of a batman-type character. Source: ultimatum
- I hate it when repeatedly FrontPage Express
crashes on me >_< (I hate slow internet
connections too >_< )
- Sorry, for the past couple of days, I'd described
one of my sources of news as "ultimate half
edition". That should be "ultimatum
half edition". No disrespect intended
m(_ _)m I've now corrected those
- The Oh!great story in manga
anthology tankouban Ultrajump
Megamix 1 will be a new 42
page story "S ~ song of sapphire
star ~". However, it now looks like
publication of this volume has been put back to a
tentative date of 12 December 2002. Price 838 yen
(excluding tax). Other mangaka and works
scheduled for inclusion are Nakahira Masahiko (who
writes Hakaima Sadamitsu) "Sakura Ganbaru!
Tokubetsu Hen" (35 pages), Matsumoto
Takaharu (who writes Agharta) (title
undetermined, 50 pages), Miwa Shirow "Dogs
Tokubetsu Hen ~ Hardcore Twins ~" (20 pages),
Sumi Hei "Machi-san" (20 pages) and
Wanpaku "Kodama cotton 100" (32 pages).
- More later, either in a couple of hours or at the
end of the day...
17 October 2002 (final update for the day)
- Kawai Kenji's official website confirms
that the TV anime series Gunparade March
will commence broadcast in January 2003.
Furthermore, Kawai will be composing the OP and
BGM. Source: Moonphase.
Kawai has composed a lot of music for anime
including Patlabor, Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku,
Hime-chan no Ribbon, Ghost in the Shell movie and
more recently UFO Princess Walkure.
- More pics of the Natsume Maya figure at Toranoana
- There's now a few small pics up of the official Natsume
Maya figure which comes with the limited
edition of the Tenjou Tenge
volume 9 manga, here on
Mangaoh Club's homepage (just face details) and here
(scroll down a bit). Hmm, based on the pics of
the prototype at the back of volume 8, I was
expecting a bit more clothing, but I guess it was
hard to tell from the black and white photos
^_^;; For more details of the release, see my 12
October 2002 entry.
- A limited edition of volume 2 of the
manga Loveless by Kouga Yun will be
published by Studio DNA on 26 December 2002,
price 762 yen (excluding tax). It'll come with an
illustration booklet similar to the one included
with the limited edition of volume 1 of the manga.
Club. The manga is serialised in Monthly
Comic Zero Sum.
- A limited edition of volume 3 of the
manga Paniponi by Hikawa
Hekiru will be published by Enix on either 21
or 25 December 2002 (I've got two conflicting
reported dates), price 762 yen (excluding tax).
It'll come with a picture book. Source: Mangaoh Club,
- A limited edition of volume 3 of the
manga Zen Nihon Imouto Senshu Ken!! by
Doutaka(?) Shigeru will be published by Kodansha
on 8 November 2002, price 1,480 yen (excluding
tax). It'll come with a B6 size tabletop calendar.
The manga is serialised in Young
Magazine Uppers. Source: Mangaoh Club.
- A limited edition of volume 8 of the
manga Chobits by CLAMP will be published
by Kodansha on 27 November 2002. Tentative price
is between 1,500 and 1,600 yen (excluding tax). Mangaoh Club
states that it'll come with box to hold all the
volumes, alpha box (not sure what that is) and
some other item yet to be decided, whereas
topics page merely states that both the
limited edition and regular edition of the manga
will come with postcard(s) without stating what
else is planned for the limited edition.
- Studio Ghibli has updated its products
page with details for the Ponpoko DVD.
Most of those details have previously been
reported elsewhere (and I didn't like Ponpoko
much anyway ^_^;; ) so I won't repeat them here.
However I note that as to languages, there will
be Japanese audio and Japanese subtitles but it's
said that as to subtitles in other languages,
that's still undecided.
16 October 2002
dou itashimashite ^_^ The volume was in stock, so
I'm just waiting for the November 2002 issue of
Ultrajump with the first chapter of Shin R.O.D
- BTW, Ayanaga Ran, who is to draw the Shin
R.O.D manga, has referred to the title
as "Read or Dream" in
the "text" section of his homepage.
- The 13 episode TV series Raimu
(Lime) iro Senkitan
will commence broadcast in January 2003,
according to this G'zStyle
report. Source: Moonphase.
- JVC Music's page for Kiddy Grade
up. No music samples up yet, but I'm sure
there will be in due course. Also, JVC
has updated its new
release page with samples and
details of the CDs (and videos) to be released
over the next month, including the Gundam Seed
ED, 12 Kokuki Image Soundtrack, .hack//EXTRA
Sountracks, Chobits, Macross etc. Source: Moonphase.
- TMS Entertainment's webpage for the Tokubetsu Hen
(special story arc) of the baseball anime Kyojin
no Hoshi (Hoshi/Star of the Giants) is now
up. Source: Moonphase.
For more info about this edit of the 1968 anime,
see my 5 October 2002 entry.
- GAiNAX's page for its Print Soft Series
of CD-ROMs is now up. Source: Moonphase. The Evangelion
CD-ROM will contain over 200 pics, the Mahoromatic
CD-ROM will contain over 170 pics. For more
details, see my 14 October 2002 entry. Coming up:
Abenobashi Mahou Shotengai, FLCL and Fushigi no
Umi no Nadia.
- Updated today's news about Shimabukuro Mitsutoshi
with more info.
- Flash animations of Oh!
Super Milk-chan: Milk no IT
Kakumei can be viewed here.
Episode 1 is now up, together with episode 0 (character
introduction). Note that the copyright
information at the end of the animation includes
reference to ADV
Films. Source: infoanime.com.
- Sorry, slept a lot yesterday, so no update.
- Episodes 14 of Rizelmain and Koutetsu
Tenshi Kurumi Pure (Steel Angel Kurumi Pure)
are now available for streaming download
at m.o.e's page here.
These episodes will only be up until 18 October
2002. Previews for episodes 15 of each show also
available for streaming download at the bottom of
the page. Episodes 15 should be available in
their entirety on 22 October 2002.
- Volume 1 of the DVD release of Naruto
will be out on 1 January 2003, price 3,150 yen (including
tax). Source: Animate
- Also, a release schedule is now out for the new
Hunter x Hunter OVA series, Greed Island Hen (Arc).
Volume 1 will be out on 19 Febuary 2003, then
volume 2 on 19 March 2003, volume 3 on 2 April
2003 and volume 4 on 23 April 2003. Each volume
will cost 7,140 yen (including tax) and first
pressing of each will come with a bonus item.
- Well, looks like this week's issue of Monthly
Shonen Champion has confirmed that the
manga Eiken is to be animated. As
previously reported, Ohata Kiyotaka will be the
director. Animation production will be by JC
Staff. Character designs will be carried out by
Ishihama Masashi, who did the character designs
for the anime version of R.O.D. You can view the
I don't know how long the pic will be available,
though. Source: ultimatum
- Fancy a mouse for your computer designed
by Shirow Masamune or Katoki Hajime (mecha
designer for Gundam W)? ZDNet
Japan reports that Elecom
yesterday anounced that it will be releasing
these three-button mice on 22 November 2002,
price 7,500 yen. The mice each come with a
booklet with an interview about the design
process, concept and production. Black, silver
and white models of each mouse will be available.
Interface is USB and PS/2 (whatever that means -
as you can tell, I'm almost a Luddite).
Compatible with Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS
8.5-9.1 operating systems. In the first set of
pics in the report, Shirow's design is depicted
on the left, Katoki's on the right. In the second
set of pics, Shirow's design is set out in the
top row of mice, Katoki's in the bottom row.
- The Mainichi
Shimbun and ZakZak
report that the trial of Shimabukuro
Mitsutoshi took place at the Yokohama
District Court yesterday. As previously reported
on 8 and 31 August 2002, the mangaka faced
several charges of contravening the juvenile
prostitution prohibition laws. Shimabukuro is
reported to have accepted much of the
prosecution's case, saying that he had betrayed
his young fans. The prosecution alleged that he
committed indecent acts with approximately six
high-school girls. The present trial dealt with
an indictment claiming that, between November
2001 and July 2002, Shimabukuro committed five
indecedent acts with three high-school girls in a
Yokohama hotel, on each occasion paying between
30,000 to 80,000 yen. In making its closing
argument, the prosecution averted to the adverse
effect which Shimabukuro's conduct may have on
his young readers. A two year prison sentence was
sought. The court has reserved its decision until
29 October 2002. Source: ultimatum
half edition and Ma-ten.
- I think I'll leave the news at that for today.
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